Honeyed Yogurt and Blueberry Tart with Ginger Crust
Melissa Rubel mixes creamy yogurt with honey so it's deliciously sweet and tangy, then she spreads it in a graham-cracker crust spiced with bits of crystallized ginger and tops it with plump, powerful brain food.
Grilled Salmon with Preserved Lemon and Green Olives
Joe Bastianich likes the way protein- and omega 3–rich salmon gives him lots of energy without weighing him down. Omega 3 fatty acids are also important for brain function. Here, the salmon is grilled until the skin is crisp. Green olives also add heart-healthy fat.
Farfalle with Zucchini and Parsley-Almond Pesto
Melissa Rubel Jacobson combines roasted almonds, parsley and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for a nutty, fresh-tasting pesto. This pasta dish is terrific served warm, but it can also be refrigerated and served as a cold pasta salad. The almonds give a hit of vitamin E, which may help slow cognitive decline.
Deep, Dark Chocolate Pudding
This lush, easy-to-make pudding gets its intensely chocolatey flavor from dark chocolate. Among dark chocolate's health benefits: It's high in antioxidants. It also contains caffeine, a quick-fix for enhancing concentration. The pudding gets an extra caffeine boost from instant espresso.
Since people in Cuba don't usually have ready access to salad greens, Lourdes Castro says, many will start a meal with this simple avocado salad instead. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats, which may help enhance blood flow to the brain.
Dark-Chocolate Bark with Walnuts and Dried Cherries
Beauty Guru Bobbi Brown finds that a small piece of bittersweet chocolate is the perfect indulgence. Not only is dark chocolate full of antioxidants, it is mood enhancing in its own right. This recipe, from F&W's Grace Parisi, gets an extra boost from walnuts (an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids) and dried cherries (high in fiber and minerals).
Spanish Mackerel Escabèche
In this light dish, chef David Swain marinates omega 3-rich mackerel in red wine vinegar and olive oil along with tender carrots and shallots.
Hard-Cooked Eggs with Crisp Anchovy Crumbs
These easy hors d'oeuvres get a pleasant crunch from crispy anchovy crumbs. Eggs contain choline, which may help memory development.
Tuna Scallopine with Parsley and Pomegranate Seeds
Chef Frank Stitt's cookbook, Bottega Favorita, focuses on his creative use of Italian and Southern ingredients. This dish calls for omega 3-rich tuna and pomegranate seeds, whose high antioxidant properties may help protect the brain.